Who Needs Luck?

By Jillian Heddaeus, CMP

I’m not much of one for “luck”. Good luck or bad luck, it just doesn’t hold much weight for me. Luck as defined by Webster’s dictionary is “things that happen to a person because of chance, the accidental way things happen without being planned.”

To me, luck is better defined by Seneca. “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”

No matter what the objective or goal is, personal or professional; there are steps you can take to increase your chances of success. Continue reading “Who Needs Luck?”

Tips for Working with a Graphic Designer

By: Lauren Asbell, CMP

 It’s 9:00 a.m. Monday morning and your board has decided they want a brand new logo for the association.  Who you gonna call?  A GRAPHIC DESIGNER!

Ok, so I’m a designer, not a writer, but if that situation did happen a graphic designer would be the perfect person to call.  Below are some tips to successfully work with a designer. Continue reading “Tips for Working with a Graphic Designer”

A Tale of Two Certifications: Not All Credentialing Programs Are Created Equally

By: Rachel Luoma, MS, CAE

As an association professional who has been involved in running a certification program for almost a decade, credentialing has always been important to me.  Certification programs should be based on a particular industry and set the standard related to knowledge or skill of an individual.  Accreditation is an institutional certification program and outlines what a business or company needs to do to meet the standard.

Credentialing is a means to allow an industry to set minimum standards for an entire profession. To me, a credentialing program says – we care about the product or service we produce.  For an individual professional, voluntary certification is a process by which we can learn/grow and show our profession that we are proficient enough in our craft to meet the standard. Continue reading “A Tale of Two Certifications: Not All Credentialing Programs Are Created Equally”

WE ARE PLANNING AN EVENT! WHAT DO WE DO NOW???

By Jill Jackson, CMP

In my career of event planning, I have planned numerous types of meetings and events – conventions and trade shows, educational workshops, weddings and receptions, birthdays, baby showers and anniversary parties…  You name it! I have probably had a hand in planning some part of it.

As Senior Meeting Planner at Partners in Association Management, my knowledge and creativity are always put to the test in planning meetings and events with very limited budgets, but of course requiring a successful outcome and memorable experience. Continue reading “WE ARE PLANNING AN EVENT! WHAT DO WE DO NOW???”

Be the Mockingjay: What the Capitol Can Learn from Associations

By: District Three
John Galligan, Sigrid Hazelwood, Danielle Jessup, William Lessley, Rachel Luoma,  CAE

In the dystopian world of the Hunger Games, all resources flow into the Capitol where the rich and powerful greedily refuse to let the resources flow back out to the 13 districts who supplied all the goods and services to begin with. This, of course, is what brings about their downfall. Surely, if Panem were run like a non-profit, they would have never found themselves in such a situation.

The staff in our office bring together resources across all areas of association management which allow us to work as one large team for our clients. The organizations we work with allow us to improve our members’ lives which, in turn, causes the members to give back to the organization. Those Capitol people were really dense! Continue reading “Be the Mockingjay: What the Capitol Can Learn from Associations”

Transparency in the Workplace – It’s the Right Thing to Do

By: Bennett Napier, CAE

There are countless articles that have been written about the importance of honesty and transparency in the work environment. The common theme of most of the references is that employer transparency is the cornerstone of building a strong company culture.

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The reasons to do it are obvious. Continue reading “Transparency in the Workplace – It’s the Right Thing to Do”

From Superhero to Superstar

By: Kim Barclay

Paper?  What is paper? How did we survive before computers, the internet and email?

Life can be frustrating.  For one, my car has been in the shop for way too long.  Second, my bad karma has followed me to my office where our office as conducting server maintenance.  This means that access to the internet and email can be sporadic..  Our IT director came around to everyone this morning and asked our whole office to log off our computers, and then told us it might take up to 45 minutes until we could log back on to the network.  Holy Interrupted Internet, Batman!  How am I supposed to work without a computer and the internet?

Continue reading “From Superhero to Superstar”

3 Tips: How to Balance it All

By: Jillian Heddaeus, CMP

The First Question…
“How do you have time for everything?” I get this question all the time.  The simple answer is, “I get up really early, 4:30 a.m.”  Yes, I choose to get up that early.  Most of my days consist of 2 jobs and 2 workouts.  I work fulltime at Partners and part-time as a Gymnastics Coach at the Trousdell Gymnastics Center). Why two workouts?  Well… triathlon is a 3 discipline sport, if I did 3 workouts a day it would cut into my free time.

The Second Question: “What free time?”
Yes, I do have free time. I choose to workout as much as I do and I choose to coach in the evenings — because I enjoy it.  I know what I choose to do with my “free time” differs from most; but I believe my day isn’t much different than many of my co-workers with children, pets, a desire to start an exercise routine, etc. Continue reading “3 Tips: How to Balance it All”